Going just a bit deeper in to my movie memory and scanning GoSeeTalk’s “Sacred Shelves” and Netflix Instant for some recommendations I’ve lined up 10 more films you may have overlooked. Keep in mind that these aren’t snubbed Oscar winners, but they all have something we think makes them worth watching at least once. Hope you find a few unexpected winners in this batch. Continuing the series, I give you the 3rd Round of “Movies Off the Beaten Path“…
The Way of the Gun – More like the under-appreciated little brother of the The Usual Suspects, this Christopher McQuarrie penned film should derive more attention than it gets. Gun was highly overlooked probably because its leads didn’t exactly scream star power. Who could take Philipe seriously and Benicio Del Toro, while gifted, was still making a name for himself at the time. While I think Del Toro did not deserve the Oscar win for Traffic (he was hardly in the effen movie) he totally deserves applause for his turn in this film. He (with help from McQuarrie’s dialog) just makes this movie work.
Dead Man on Campus – Here is it folks, the one chance to see a non-”Saved by the Bell” Zack Morris in a decent role…well before he was in the TV show Raising the Bar, that is. It’s quirky, dark and looking back, it seems the 90′s were way too saturated with both plaid and shiny clothing/outfits. Plus one of the more bizarre yet memorable side characters is that of Cliff O’Malley…pretty sure every frat boy had a poster or t-shirt with this guy’s face on it.
Don’t Say A Word – While people may never ever consider picking up this so-called “thriller” starring Britney Murphy (of all people), in this case, looks really can be deceiving. Sean Bean, Michael Douglas and an immobile Famke Janssen make for one hell of a movie, but it’s Murphy who’s hypnotic portrayal really steals the movie from the above talent (I know, I was shocked too). I’m glad I took a chance on this…oh and while we’re on the subject of Brittney, Love and Other Disasters wasn’t bad either.
Lucky Number Slevin - Marc did an ‘Off the Shelf’ write up for this a little ways back, but I totally agree with his sentiments and still think it’s worth a look if you’ve never seen it.
So that’s the end of Round 3…we strayed all over the 90′s and early Y2K but we sure had some fun. Has anyone seen these above films or care to defend (or similarly bash) any of these??